President’s Message November 2013

Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

I want to thank Diane Williams for organizing a great retreat. We had a lot of fun stitching for 5 days. I got quite a bit done on Amadeus since Marsha, Marilyn and Ruth were sitting at my table. My sister, Carol from Annapolis MD, also had a good time. She is working on Mother and Child. It is beautiful. We also had a delicious lunch at Darlene’s house on the way to Comfort. Her soups, sandwich trays and desserts were wonderful.

I accumulated some of Anne Marrou’s stash which I shared with you at the retreat. There were some books, hoops, hoops with straw material ready to stitch. In the mix was a newsletter from May-June 1985. This was several years before I even thought of SANG. They were getting ready for National Seminar 1985 at St. Anthony Hotel. Thirty years later we will have National Seminar 2015 here at Marriott River Center. In 1985 Lore Senseney was Nametag Chairman. Darlene Bryant was one of the stitchers doing brick covers. Wilanna Bristow was working on the marvelous banner for the theme “A Fiesta in Stitchery” and Sally Thomas also worked on it.

We will be having an exhibit at Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road for the month of December and January 2014. Please bring your pieces to the November 19 meetings. Info in this newsletter.

Thanksgiving is nearly here. The Board meeting will be November 13 and the regular day and night meetings will be November 19. We will be having the cording Kumihimo class at both meetings.

Don’t forget to send your reservation to Diane for the Christmas luncheon at Haven River Inn Sunday, December 15. The deadline is December 7, 2013. More info in this newsletter.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you will have all of your family around you.

Joan Vanderbrink

Forest Hills Library Exhibt

The Forest Hills Library, 5245 Ingram Road inside 410 called me to have an exhibit from December 1 to January 31, 2014. The case is 8 feet long and has at least 3 shelves and is kept locked. Please bring your pieces to the November 19 meeting. We don’t want to pass up this opportunity to display our works.

We will also be having an exhibit at Memorial Library the month of February 2014. The pieces will be hung on a wall and not locked or protected. I do have the EGA Insurance forms for this exhibit. More on this later.

Joan Vanderbrink

Retreat at Haven River Inn 2013

What happens when a great group of stitchers get together for a weekend retreat? Hours of stitching, eating, fun and laughter ensues! Eager stitchers who were able to start their weekend
adventure early gathered first at the home of Darlene Funk who graciously opened her home for lunch and a place to gather prior to the “official” open of the retreat. Being the last-minute packer that I am, I was unable to make the “pre-party” at Darlene’s, and hear that I missed out on fabulous food and hospitality.

My drive to Comfort was overcast with occasional sprinkles, but the weather held out and everyone was able to unpack without getting wet. Looking around the stitching room, it was easy to see that no one would run out of projects to work on — I think we all took enough projects for a month, not just a long weekend.

Like Camelot, it only rained the first night that we were at Haven Inn. The days and the rest of the weekend were beautiful. Stitching on the inner porch with our fabulous view appears to have inspired all of the stitchers, there were many, many projects completed during the weekend.

Knowing that stitchers go to retreats to, well, stitch – our peerless retreat leader Diane limited the activities that would take away from our stitching time. Halloween came and it was all treats, no tricks. Retreat participants received candy and uninterrupted stitching time. Friday Night was “Movie Night” – wine, cheese, popcorn and fruit accompanied a viewing of “Bird Cage” (even here, some viewers multi-tasked and stitched).

Saturday was a busy day. Each stitcher was encouraged to make a nametag when they arrived and on Saturday the creative ladies put the best of them up for a vote. Competition was fierce, with a two-way tie for the top. Deciding the winner wasn’t easy, but in the end Patsy Berry edged out Dolores Blomstrom for the win. The white elephant gift exchange was great; however, due to the high level of thievery Carole Lake opened up about 2/3 of the gifts. The wonderful items revealed as each gift was opened showed that our talented stitchers clearly know how to shop! Formal activities ended with the selection of the winning “Name the Retreat” entry. Both Cyd Anglin and Rosalie Moon entered the winning name: “Stitch-In Comfort”

For my part, I count the retreat a total success — conversation was lively, I was able to stitch outdoors both on the outer porch AND in the cement gazebo, the food was wonderful, and my needle wasn’t cursed (as it was at last year’s retreat). I personally would like to let everyone know how much I appreciated their participation in the various activities. Everyone was a great sport throughout the weekend. As proof, here’s a picture of the group wearing the masks included in every goodie bag (what would Halloween be without costumes?). Diane and I would like to thank the following ladies who helped us with their contributions to the retreat goodie bags: Marsha Boysen, Caroline McCauley, and Ruth Looney. I’m already looking forward to next year’s retreat. Diane and I have a couple of ideas brewing… Mary Hodges